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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019

- EDITOR'S NOTE -
 
No Wires On Presidents' Day
In observance of the Presidents Day federal holiday we will not be publishing any services on Monday, February 18. We will resume our normal schedule on Tuesday, February 19.
- AMMUNITION -
Federal reinvented the proven Hydra-Shok bullet design with Hydra-Shok Deep in 9mm Luger. Now, it has expanded the line with new loads in 40 S&W and 45 Auto. The bullets feature a more robust center post and a core design that penetrates to critical depths through common self-defense barriers, without over-penetrating.
- APPAREL -
The combination of a Pertex® Quantum shell with HyperDRY™ 850+ Fill Power DWR treated down makes this a highly technical insulation piece unlike any other in the hunting industry.

- BOATING -
Please join thousands of law enforcement officers, boating safety advocates, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in this year's nationwide boating under the influence (BUI) campaign, Operation Dry Water.
- EVENTS -
ERGO will be exhibiting at the NBS Spring Semi-Annual Market this week. The sales team will be available for product demonstrations and meetings.
GSM Outdoors is excited to exhibit at the NWTF Convention and Sports Show in Nashville, TN. While visiting the booth, attendees can learn about all the brand-new products from the GSM family of brands.
Come to the 10th annual Florida Scrub-Jay Festival on Saturday, Feb. 23 in downtown Titusville at the Julia Street parking lot to learn more about this threatened species and its reliance on healthy scrub habitat.

Join QuietKat at the Nations Best Sports Spring Semi-Annual Market in Ft. Worth, TX, February 14-18 at the Ft Worth Convention Center.
The TrueTimber trailer is at the Daytona International Speedway this weekend, bringing performance camouflage apparel and accessories to the masses at one of the biggest race events of the year.
HybridLight, the leader in rechargeable flashlights and lanterns, will be exhibiting at the National Wild Turkey Federation convention February 13-17, 2019 in Nashville, TN. You can find them in booth 2156 on the convention floor.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will have a strong presence at the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Feb. 15-24, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Texas Trophy Hunters Association® (TTHA) presents the 2019 Hunters Extravaganza® Hunting and Outdoor Shows and booth space is filling fast. Booth applications are being accepted for the Houston, Fort Worth and San Antonio locations.
Whether you’re looking for a gift for the outdoor enthusiast in your life, the hottest hunting, fishing and outdoor gear to use on your upcoming adventure, or just a fun way to spend time with your family join us at the 2019 Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, March 22-24 at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.
Kauger Arms is proud to announce that it will be showcasing their firearms at the 2019 NWTF Convention at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, February 13-17 in Nashville, TN.
- HUNTING -
The hunting of male mountain lions in northwestern Montana Hunting District 109, which includes portions of Lincoln County, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.

- INDUSTRY -
Apex Tactical Specialties has donated $15,000 to Concerns of Police Survivors. With this latest check, Apex’s total donation to the organization has reached $150,000, all raised through the sale of the company’s Thin Blue Line Series triggers.
Weighing just 668 pounds, the same as the 350hp Verado, the 400hp Verado is the lightest outboard in the 400-plus HP category by nearly 300 pounds.
With a growing segment of the recreational boating market shifting toward larger vessels powered by multiple large-horsepower outboards, Mercury is leading the way in providing not only high?performance and durable engines but also state-of-the-art solutions to enhance boaters’ experiences.
Dealers and brokers can now help their customers get more from their boat purchase with a free BoatUS 90-day Membership with Unlimited Saltwater/Freshwater towing with every sale.

- INDUSTRY UPDATE -
FireDisc is excited to announce that company owners and co-founders Griff and Hunter Jaggard will be part of this year's U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Series. The Jaggard brothers will participate in the Chamber's Houston, Texas, event to take place March 5 at The Bell Tower on 34th.
- JOBS -
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) is seeking an Office Coordinator to oversee all office operations and provide administrative support to upper management.
- LITIGATION -
SAF and the National Rifle Association jointly filed their legal challenge to I-1639 late last year, but last Friday filed an amended complaint that released Attorney General Bob Ferguson as a defendant, and instead named the Clark County sheriff, Spokane police chief and the director of the State Department of Licensing.
Vexilar Inc, earned a critical victory maintaining the validity of its patented WiFi based, sonar technology in a dispute with a Lithuanian company, Deeper UAB, which unsuccessfully tried to invalidate Vexilar’s patent in an Inter Partes review (“IPR”)proceeding.

- NEW PRODUCTS -
The new Funky Chicken™ Gen 2 is a slim decoy that mimics a Jake, and is an easy target for aggressive, older Toms.
The new HDR Jake™ is sized slightly smaller than a real turkey to prevent it from looking intimidating to an approaching tom but is blow-molded in a quarter-strut posture and bristling subdominant feathers to signal he's content, but ready to fight .
The new Avian-X Rundown is outfitted with Mossy Oak® Obsession camouflage and a wide padded sling for added comfort. Quickly throw it over your head and shoulder or rotate it to your backside when you need to get low and move.
- NEWS -
Nexbelt, “The Gun Belt With No Holes,” announced that they’ve introduced their improved EDC ratchet-style gun belts for 2019. They feature a unique ratcheting system called Precise Fit that allows the wearer to adjust his or her belt in ¼ inch increments.

- PROMOTIONS -
Now through February 18, 2019, Beretta will be running a President’s Day promotion in which you will be eligible to receive 20% off your entire purchase if you spend $150 or more.
- RADIO -
Join Outdoor Guys Radio this weekend as they talk with Daniel Nussbaum from Z-Man Fishing Products and Jeff Faulkenberry of Endless Seasons Guide Service.
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio host Rob Keck is broadcasting live from the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo this week in Salt Lake City, Utah with Troy Justensen, Miles Moretti, and Becky Humphries.
Gun control legislation is being introduced at an alarming rate at local, state, and federal levels. Hear one person's take on how a ban on private ownership might look in the U.S.; a fight in New Jersey for both gun rights and the right to freedom of speech; a lawsuit in Massachusetts dragging on regarding the banning of certain rifles, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.
This week on America Outdoors Radio Captain Trevor Child talks Hawaii saltwater sport fishing and Jeff Lester with Hunt Hard Outfitters tells you about opportunities to hunt elk and deer in Arizona and New Mexico.
- SHOWS -
Primos Hunting will showcase several new products—including turkey calls and blinds—at the 2019 NWTF Convention & Sport Show in Nashville, Tennessee, February 15 to 17. Will and Jimmy Primos will also be on hand throughout the show at booth #1113 to answer questions, give calling seminars and sign autographs.
Retail Technology Group (RTG Holdings), will showcase AXIS, the only Point of Sale and Range Management software designed specifically for the firearm industry, and Orchid Advisors, the industry leaders in FFL compliance consulting services, tools and technology are proud to exhibit at the NBS Semi-Annual Market.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
O’Reilly Auto Parts has signed on as the Official Ticket Outlet and Official Auto Parts Store of the expanded Ohio Outdoor Life/Field & Stream Expo presented by Suzuki KingQuad in Columbus. 
- STATES -
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding anglers that they cannot harvest or possess blueback herring and alewife, collectively known as “river herring,” greater than 6 inches in length while boating on or fishing in inland fishing waters of coastal rivers and their tributaries.
Oklahomans receiving a refund in tax year 2018 can contribute all or a part of their refund to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Wildlife Diversity Fund by using Oklahoma Resident Income Tax Return Schedule 511-H.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is inviting people to provide input on a draft general management plan that will guide the future of Maybury State Park(Northville Township) in Wayne County. 
Discovery of common carp in Nicollet County’s Swan Lake is prompting the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to consider a temporary lowering of the lake’s water level.
Public tips about illegal trespass and deer poaching on St. Michael’s College property in Colchester during December have resulted in three men being charged by Vermont State Game Wardens.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Omaha Service Center reopened Feb. 14, more than six months after being closed due to a nearby fire.
- STATES PARKS -
Arizona State Parks and Trails is welcoming a great wildflower season! The past few months of plentiful rain are making showstopping wildflowers bloom in the state parks, giving you another reason to get out and explore.
- TELEVISION -
Terry Denmon heads north to one of his favorite places to hunt, Alaska. This year he will hunt with Jason Boyer with the goal of calling in a mature Black Bear.
- YOUTH PROGRAMS -
The Civilian Marksmanship Program invites the public to explore the exciting and fast-growing world of air rifle competition Feb. 15-17, 2019, as hundreds of coaches, competitors and spectators take part in the 2019 JROTC Regional Air Rifle Championships, held at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry.
 

Editor’s Note: Today’s feature again focuses on ways to make shooting sports more fun -and easier- for the next generation. It was written and photographed by our colleague David Rainer of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.


Along with Alabama’s sparkling Gulf waters and beautiful mountains, our great state has another strength you may not have heard as much about: Alabama’s Community Archery Parks program ranks No. 1 in the nation.

The state’s 16th archery park, the Walker County Community Archery Park, was dedicated last week on the outskirts of Jasper on the banks of beautiful Walker County Public Fishing Lake.

Stuart Goldsby, the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division Regional Hunter Education Coordinator, has been instrumental in the spread of the archery park phenomenon in Alabama. Goldsby said the Walker County park has taken a while to complete, but it has been worth the effort.

“We’re very excited about this,” Goldsby said. “This is No. 16 for the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To be able to lead the country in developing grassroots, community archery locations, where school groups or clubs or retailers can use it to benefit the community with that life skill of archery, is very exciting for us.”

The Walker County park has covered shooting areas with targets at known distances for both adult and youth shooters.

The unique aspect of the Walker County park is that it is the first state-operated archery park in the nation with a wheelchair-accessible elevated shooting platform.

Ed Poolos, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Deputy Commissioner, said the new archery park is special to him for several reasons, including its location.

“I am a proud citizen of Jasper and Walker County, so this is home,” Poolos said. “I am glad this is here. The goal for the Department of Conservation on this project is to partner with local governments and foundations to make the Walker County Public Fishing Lake one of the best state fishing lakes in Alabama. At the same time, we want to bring people to the outdoors to enjoy the natural beauty of Alabama. Projects like this allow us to do that.”

Poolos highlighted the positive impacts that archery and bowhunting can have on individuals and communities.

“Archery is a sport that requires and teaches precision, focus, accuracy and determination. It teaches all those things, but the great aspect of archery is that, no matter your age, gender or ability, archery can be enjoyed by everyone. So we’re really proud to bring this park here.”

Poolos also recognized the contributions of two Boy Scouts, Mason Woodman and Jaylan Banks, who aided in the construction of the archery park as part of their Eagle Scout projects.

Jasper Mayor David O’Mary said the area where the archery park is located was annexed recently by the City of Jasper, which will allow city resources to be used to help operate the park.

“I’m an outdoor enthusiast,” O’Mary said. “When you put in an archery range of this quality, that is a recipe for a lot of fun for a lot of people.

“We at the City of Jasper can bring on board the administrative side of our Parks and Recreation to look after tournaments and events here. Our equipment and our labor will be available to support this.”

Jenny Short, chair of Walker County Health Action Partnership's Livable Communities Priority Group, said, although it took a great deal of work to complete the park, it was a labor of love.

“This project is a perfect example of a true private-public partnership,” Short said. “We had so many partners in this project. As we say, this was ‘built by our community for our community.’ We’re really proud of that.”

Alabama residents ages 16 to 64 must have a hunting license, Wildlife Management Area (WMA) license or Wildlife Heritage license to use the range. For non-residents 16 and older, an annual WMA license or non-resident hunting license is required. Licenses are available from various local retailers or online at outdooralabama.com. Use of the archery park is free for those under 16 years of age or Alabama residents over 65.

“Alabama leads the nation in having the most community archery parks. That’s one thing I’m proud Alabama is first in,” Chuck Sykes, WFF Director, said. “There is a very important reason why a license is required to use the park. We receive no money from the General Fund, so none of your tax dollars go out to provide services we provide for the citizens of the state. The way we fund that is by people buying hunting and fishing licenses. We encourage you to come out and shoot the range and fish the lake. Matt Marshall, our State Lakes Manager, and Marisa Futral (Hunter Education Coordinator) and Stuart are doing a wonderful job as well as our state biologists. So, come out and buy a license and have fun.”

Sykes said the Archery Trade Association (ATA) and its president, Matt Kormann, are huge supporters of DCNR, and the Department is grateful for their partnership.

The ATA represents manufacturers of archery and bowhunting equipment, pro shops and retailers of archery and bowhunting equipment.

“As president of ATA, I have seen a lot of archery ranges,” Kormann said. “I can say I’ve never stood on one as gorgeous as this one. I hope y’all know how lucky you are to have this park in this surrounding because it is unique.

“I’ve also been able to see in my job a lot of public-private partnerships. I can tell you, there is not any like there is in Alabama. To see this all come together so that more folks can come out and experience archery and possibly get into bowhunting, there’s not a better feeling in the world.”

Kormann said the ATA’s board of directors and members have made a commitment to promote and assist in the construction of public archery ranges throughout the nation.

“Obviously, the ultimate goal is to get more folks out shooting and bowhunting,” Kormann said. “There is a lot we need to do to ensure the health of those sports. This really revolves around the ‘R3’ triangle of recruiting new folks to come out, retaining the shooters we have and reactivating folks who might have lapsed. The opportunity to come out in a setting like this with high-quality equipment makes it easier to get folks to come out to shoot.

“What archery teaches and what it gives back is hard to find in other sports. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is. It doesn’t matter what your physical abilities are. Anybody can learn this sport pretty quickly. Beyond all of that, the sense of community and the sense of family in this sport is really unmatched.”

Visit www.outdooralabama.com/activities/archery-parks for more information about Alabama’s Community Archery Parks.

— DAVID RAINER
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

OUTDOOR WIRE
Event Calendar

FEBRUARY 13-17
National Wild Turkey Federation 42nd Annual Convention & Sport Show

Gaylord Opryland Hotel 
Nashville, Tennessee
http://www.nwtf.org/convention

FEBRUARY 14-17
Western Hunting & Conservation Expo

Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City. Website: www.huntexpo.com

FEBRUARY 15-17
Mid-South Sports, RV and Boat Show

The 56th annual Mid-South Sports, RV and Boat Show will be held Feb. 15-17 at the Agricenter in East Memphis. The show has added RVs to its title this year (www.memphisboatshow.com or 901-867-2007).

FEBRUARY 20-24
Ducks in the Desert Continental Shoot

Clark County Shooting Complex, Las Vegas, Nevada
Info:  (661) 992-2941, email shoot@ducks.org or visit www.chshootresults.com

 
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